Jurgen Klopp hits back at criticism of Liverpool’s Premier League title-winning celebrations

Jurgen Klopp hits back at criticism of Liverpool’s Premier League title-winning celebrations 1
Liverpool’s players and staff partied together after they were crowned Premier League champions (Picture: YouTube / Twitter)


Jurgen Klopp was adamant Liverpool’s players were fully justified in celebrating their Premier League title win together, despite appearing to flout social distancing protocol.

The Reds were crowned champions last night following Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge which left Klopp’s relentless winning machine an astonishing 23 points clear of their closest rivals in the table with seven games remaining.

Liverpool had hammered Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield 24 hours earlier and the squad stayed together overnight at a hotel and watched events unfold in west London while enjoying a barbecue.

The celebrations carried on long into the night with Klopp partying alongside the players who had helped end a 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England. Medical advice suggested that such gatherings could increase the risk of spreading coronavirus, even though Premier League players are tested twice a week.

Defending Liverpool’s actions, Klopp said: ‘I wasn’t involved in the planning but I didn’t say ‘no we cannot do it’. I think we decided about that after the Crystal Palace game. We were in the hotel already the night before.

‘After the Crystal Palace game we slept there like we did after the Everton game for recovery reasons and stuff like this.

‘We played the game went to the hotel and thought ‘OK this is the only chance we have to watch the game together’. We had a barbecue watching the game and then all the rest happened.

‘That’s true I can understand that (getting criticism) but we are in a bubble so that means we are all tested twice a week.

‘No other person was in there, no kitchen staff from the hotel, nobody. It was only us who are now tested for five weeks, twice a week with no positive case so far.

‘That’s it. If people want to criticise that that’s not my life I have to take these kind of things always but we thought it’s ok to do so.’

There was little evidence of any social distancing on the streets around Anfield last night either, as thousands of fans congregated to toast the success of Klopp’s men. According to the Daily Telegraph, 10 arrests were made.

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